Be Careful what You Tell Your Daughter

She has one tiny palm pressed against each of my cheeks and she smells of baby lotion and her dad’s Doritos. The night light shoots stars and the moon into orbit around about her and I’m star struck to be her mother. More »

The Giving Tree

Can you give me a house ?\\\" \\\" I have no house,\\\" said the tree. \\\"The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy.\\\" More »

Ann Voskamp/Deep Peace and True Beauty

My laundry basket is never empty. I lose library books. I home school our six exuberant kids and most days I feel just a tad bit overwhelmed and very crazy. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, I wash my real dirt down with words and The Word. More »

We Miss God\\\'s Blessings........ .ღ.☆¸☆´¸¸.•´¯`♥¸ℒo√ε

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, \\\"With all your money you give me a Bible?\\\" More »

Words Of Wisdom

Finding True Love in Your Life that is Perfect More »

Breath of Life

SOMETIMES breathing is our only prayer we can pray, and God hears our sigh and once again breathes the breath of life into us.
We exhale, and it seems like such a little thing. But some days, it is everything.
It is communion—intimate and more than breathing oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide.
It is sacred and it is holy: this agreeing with God that we need God, for all of everything, and His joyful entering in to our lives and ourselves and our very souls to make us one with Him.
We inhale so we can keep on going. And then we exhale, marking the cessation of the striving and the seeking; the end of struggling and the sweating to be noticed and to win and to arrive.
How long can you hold your breath? Eventually, you’ve got to let it go.
We let go so we can live. It is a sweet surrender.
Here is a magnificent and true dichotomy: we cannot truly surrender to the Holy Spirit without the Holy Spirit first breathing surrender into us. It is a surrender unto surrender. 
We want to live a life of significance, but we can’t live it until we release our hold on it.
A life surrendered to the Spirit of God is a life lived with open hands, palms turned upward in letting go. We have to let go so we can live.

Halloween Candy Bark

Calling all Halloween candy lovers! If plain candy bars aren’t cutting it for your spooky soiree, now you can up your Halloween game with this quick, easy and ghoulish Halloween Candy Bark.
The setup is simple: Bittersweet chocolate is melted and topped with bite size pieces of all your favorite Halloween candies. But perhaps the real highlight of this creepy confection is the beady eyeballs that stare back at you. (Hint: I found these candy eyeballs at my local grocery store.)
And don’t let leftover Halloween candy be your last stop on this treat train. Feel free to sprinkle the chocolate with chopped nuts, salty potato chips or pretzels for added crunch. Scary never tasted so sweet. 

Halloween Candy Bark
Yield: 10 to 12 servings Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 5 min

3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

2 cups assorted candy, cut into bite size pieces
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
Pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper, and using a spatula, spread it into an even layer about 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle the chopped candy on top of the chocolate then place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill for 30 to 45 minutes until the chocolate has fully hardened.
Remove the bark from the refrigerator and carefully slide it onto a cutting board. Cut the bark into irregularly shaped pieces. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in a cool place.